J. Edgar Hoover is an interesting character. The fact that he was the head of the FBI and able to stay in office for decades, that even President’s feared him, and that he had “the goods” on anyone who was anyone has always intrigued me. He wasn’t a good guy and there are many rumors that surround his personal life.
Scott Beggs touches on many of these things and more in 20 Surprising Facts About J. Edgar Hoover. Before you click over, here are three of my favorites and my thoughts on each…
.J. EDGAR HOOVER DIDN’T HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE UNTIL HE WAS 43. (This was the same year his mother died and there is speculation “that Hoover, who persecuted Black civil rights leaders, had a secret African-American heritage.” Wouldn’t that be something? I wonder if the rumors are true. – Craig)
RICHARD NIXON WAS AFRAID OF J. EDGAR HOOVER. (Hoover apparently had “dirt” on every President and they were afraid to fire him. It is especially telling that “Richard Nixon, thought Hoover might ‘bring down the temple’ if he were sacked.” We have learned over the years the indiscretions of many of our Presidents but Hoover had the goods at the time. – Craig)
J. EDGAR HOOVER HAD WHAT WAS POSSIBLY THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF PORNOGRAPHY. (Reportedly it contained photos of celebrities and politicians. The craziest rumor about it: That it contained nude pictures of Eleanor Roosevelt given to him by W.C. Fields!? Really?? Also, why would he keep the collection — perhaps for his own enjoyment or more likely to have something on these folks should he ever need to it. – Craig)